A75 up­grade call goes be­fore MSPs

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

The case for the A75 to be up­graded was pre­sented to MSPs last week.

Matt Hal­l­i­day from the Dual the A75 pres­sure group spoke to mem­bers of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s pub­lic pe­ti­tions com­mit­tee about the need for the road to be turned into a dual car­riage­way.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers met in Cas­tle Dou­glas, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the road them­selves be­fore the meet­ing.

Mr Hal­l­i­day said: “We told the com­mit­tee we be­lieve the A75 is no longer fit for pur­pose.

“It is one of the few roads in Europe link­ing a cap­i­tal city and servicing ferry ports which is not yet a dual car­riage­way.

“The road was never de­signed for the sheer vol­ume and va­ri­ety users ex­pe­ri­ence to­day, and hope­fully the com­mit­tee re­alised that too when they ex­pe­ri­enced the A75 for them­selves.

“A dual car­riage­way could rad­i­cally im­prove safety and be an in­vest­ment that would ben­e­fit the econ­omy of the lo­cal area and the whole of Scot­land.”

The com­mit­tee’s deputy con­vener, An­gus MacDon­ald, said: “The com­mit­tee’s role is to hold the Scot­tish Govern­ment to ac­count on be­half of the peo­ple of Scot­land, and to work to en­sure pe­ti­tion­ers’ con­cerns are heard.

“That’s why it’s so im­por­tant that the com­mit­tee meets lo­cal pe­ti­tion­ers on their ‘home turf’ when­ever prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble, be­cause it’s a very di­rect way of un­der­stand­ing their is­sues and con­cerns at first hand.

“Hav­ing trav­elled the A75 to see traf­fic and heard from lo­cal peo­ple we have a stronger un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues.

“What we have learned over the course of this visit will be hugely help­ful as the com­mit­tee de­cides its next steps for th­ese pe­ti­tions.”

Mak­ing the case Petitioner Matt Hal­l­i­day, right, with fel­low cam­paign­ers, is call­ing for the A75 to be up­graded

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